Elissa Elliott lives in Rochester, MN, but you can meet her at the Book Club Blast. “Eve” is her first novel.
MinnPost: Tell us about your recent book release.
Elissa Elliott: “Eve: A Novel” (Delacorte Press) is based on the world’s oldest tale: the story of Eve, her husband Adam, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons.
Told in the voices of Eve and three of her daughters, it divulges the catastrophic events leading up to Cain killing Abel.
In the same vein as Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent,” “Eve” is a vivid and gritty re-imagining of history through women’s eyes and hearts.
MP: Which writers or works have been the strongest influences on your own writing?
EE: Certainly, one’s writing mirrors what one loves best, but I would hate to blame any of these authors for my writing skills.
That said, I love Geraldine Brooks, Ann Patchett, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Tobias Wolff, C.E. Morgan, Kent Haruf and John Steinbeck.
MP: What do you love most about living in Minnesota?
EE: So many things to love — the parks, the lakes, the restaurants, the camaraderie, even the weather!
But mostly, I love the writing community. The support for artists is tremendously encouraging, and the friendships gained from being involved are priceless.
There isn’t a better place to envision (and realize) your writing life.